A&E Dunamis Inverter
The need for power (electricity) cannot be over emphasized. Almost everything we use and do requires electricity. From basic household use with our electronics such as television, home theatres, DVD , players, air conditioners, to large and small household home and kitchen appliances like the refrigerators and freezers, washing machines, electric cookers and hot plates, pressing irons, blenders, light fixtures to mention a few. Definitely our laptops and phones need to be charged when the batteries drain out.
The importance of power is not just restricted to our homes and individual use. Power is essential for industrial use- production companies, efficient running of businesses, organisations and schools, in the theatre for surgery and other analysis like chemotherapy, dialysis, in medical and industrial laboratories. These are just some of the several uses of electricity.
Electricity makes life easy. For instance you cannot compare the time it take to blend a given quantity of tomato to the time taken to blend the same quantity of tomato manually.
Due to the epileptic power supply in Nigeria and some other third world countries, the need for an alternative source of power has tripled tremendously. Manufacturers have taken advantage of the situation, as there are many brands of generators of different capacities and sizes- there is a generator for everyone- irrespective of your financial status. Over the years people have resorted to generators to solve the problem of poor power supply, not minding the inconveniences it takes to having one such as increased fuel price or scarcity, the noise and smoke it emits overtime especially with the diesel variant.
With technology advancement, more innovations arise making life more simplified than never before hence the introduction of inverters.
The Power Inverter
A power inverter is an electronic device that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Initially, inverters were meant for only the wealthy. Today it is one of the most essential household appliance when power is interrupted.
There are different types of inverters available in the market today. Below are the basic types of inverter:
- Modified Sine Wave Inverters
This type of home inverter obtains power from a battery of 12 volts and must be recharged using a generator or a solar panel. Appliances like microwave ovens, light bulbs, etc. can be run using these types of inverter. They provide enough power for the normal home requirement and are the most affordable.
- True Sine Wave Inverters
They provide better power as compared to the modified sine wave inverters for homes. These types of home inverter are also run using a battery of a larger capacity. They are best inverters employed for the power sensitive appliances like refrigerators, televisions, air conditioners, washing machines, etc. These types of inverters are extremely reliable. The only drawback is that they are a bit expensive. They are available in various models, based on the electricity requirement of the house.
- Solar Panels
Solar inverters are among the type of inverters for home that are energy efficient as they do not require a separate source for generating power. The solar energy is collected during the daytime and used at time of need after being converted into electrical energy. They are easy to install and is as efficient as the other types of inverters. They do not require special fans for cooling purposes as they are convention cooled. Some basic types of solar inverters are:
- Stand-alone inverters
- Battery back-up inverters
- Grid tie inverters
Benefits of inverters over generators
- Inverters are noise-free unlike generators.
- Power inverters offer zero emission.
- Doesn’t require fuel or diesel which is expensive and can be very scarce.
- Uninterrupted supply as some inverters are fully automated saving you the inconvenience of change over switches as with generators.
- Offer lower running cost all you need is to charge your battery.
Although power inverters have huge purchase cost, the recurrent cost is low. In the long run, inverters are cheaper than generators especially when an alternative source of power is greatly relied on.